Rams' Hill will be inactive after early-morning arrest

Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate avoids Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill during the second half of an NFL football game Oct. 16 in Detroit. Hill was arrested in Encino Saturday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence

Rams' Hill will be inactive after early-morning arrest

ENCINO Rams cornerback Troy Hill, a major contributor this season, was arrested Saturday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after a freeway auto collision.

Appearing in all nine games for the Rams and starting four of them, Hill's stock was rising in that staunch Rams defense.

Hill's Mercedes rear-ended a big rig, police said.

The Rams acknowledged an "incident" involving Hill in a brief statement, but called it an "ongoing legal matter" and provided no more details.

Hill, 25, crashed his white Mercedes-Benz into the back of a big rig on the westbound Ventura Freeway near Haskell Avenue just west of the 101-405 freeway interchange, according to a release from the California Highway Patrol. He has a preliminary court date December 14. Hill, a part-time starter this season, now will miss that game and will be put on the inactive list.

Hill, a second-year player out of OR, has 38 tackles in nine games, including four starts.

Hill also was arrested in December 2013 after a domestic violence incident during his collegiate career at Oregon. Hill, according to a TMZ report, swerved through multiple lanes of traffic on a Los Angeles freeway around 8am Saturday morning. Hill later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of menacing and received 36 months of probation.

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